Who We Are

Big Planet Adventure travel offers you the opportunity to see the world in a different way. Not the off-the-shelf package. You’ll see the world the way you want to see it. Extensive personal travels and 50+ years of combined industry experience means you get  1st hand knowledge of all  7 continents.  This expertise also brings with it the passion for travel , sharing experiences and enthusiasm for learning & exploring our big planet.
A shared commitment with our partners throughout the world, to original experiences, the strengthening of relationships and uncompromising service allows us to offer authentic travel experiences. Cultural discovery is an integral part of travel that Big Planet seeks out. It is fascinating to see how others live and perceive our world.  We offer the highest caliber of guides possible around the world. They take pride in their careers and the opportunity to show you their countries. Big Planet offers tailor-made, custom itineraries specific to your interests budget and timeframe. For those of you that would like to join a small group of other, like minded travellers we also offer a range of set-departure tours around the world.   Give us a call, or send us an email, see what we mean when we say “Go Big”.

Sheri Almond

Sheri’s passion is travel, you will never find her bag completely unpacked as she is always ready for the next adventure. She has been fortunate to have travelled to all 7 continents.  Exploring the Polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as extensive travel in South & Central America, Europe, Asia, Middle East,  Oceania and Africa.  Challenging herself on hikes such as Island Peak & Everest base camp in Nepal, the roof of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Inca Trail & Lares trek in Peru are just a few. Sheri also finds cycling across a country can be one of the most rewarding ways to really see it , one of her favourite trips was cycling in Sri Lanka for 2 weeks. Relaxing on the beaches of Thailand or Zanzibar are also favourite pastimes,  as well as the thrill of experiencing the magic of the wildlife in Africa while on safari, and culturally fascinating places such as West Africa, India, Burma – everywhere!
Sheri offers you the opportunity to see the world in a different way. You will see the world the way you want to see it. Extensive personal travels and 24+ years of travel industry experience means you get first-hand knowledge of all 7 continents. This expertise also brings with it the passion of travel, sharing experiences and enthusiasm for learning and exploring our big planet.

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Laura Derksen

Laura DerksenLaura's life and travel experiences led her to join the exciting world of adventure travel in 2008.  Having lived in such diverse countries as Pakistan and Ghana growing up definitely made an impression, as did the many travels that have followed in recent years during her time working in the adventure travel industry.  Being an active hiker at home has led Laura to be an active hiker on holiday as well!  She’s hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, wandered the villages of Annapurna in Nepal, stood at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and explored the snowy landscapes of Antarctica all on foot.  And let’s not forget the stunning volcanic landscapes on the Laugavegur trek in Iceland!  It’s not all about hiking though, Laura has also travelled extensively throughout Europe, Central America and her first foray into the Middle East took her on an exploration of the ancient wonders of Egypt.  With a detail oriented work style and helpful nature, Laura is keen to share these experiences with you and draw from her expertise to assist you in planning your next holiday, wherever it might be!

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Heather Turner

Heather TurnerTravelling the world is an addiction!  I love feeling like an explorer – discoveringa new land, a new culture, meeting new friends and sharing experiences along the
way.  It’s been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember and I know it always will be.  I have been traveling the world for morehan 30 years and I am always happy to share what I have learned along the way.   Some of my favorite adventures include kayaking in Halong Bay Vietnam, winding through the Medina in Fez Morocco, hiking through the vineyards in Tuscany and watching the sunset in the Masai Mara at the end of a game drive. 

The world is an amazing place and I look forward to working with you to turn your travel dreams into reality!

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